December 19, 2017

The Habit of Patience

“Today is the oldest you’ve ever been, and the youngest you’ll ever be again.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt Of all the resources we have in the world, everyone has the same amount of, time. There have been many days where I was patient, just waiting for the right opportunity to come along. What took me a long […]

October 16, 2017

Team Dependency Spider

Problems are lurking around every corner on your team’s journey to Get Stuff Done. Some weeks may feel like the locusts swarms have blotted out the lights or the cat herding becomes so intense your team becomes the “Crazy Cat Gang”. By now your spidey senses are tingling. Evil impediments are afoot. With no time […]

October 9, 2017

The Story Point Ruler

I have been involved with Scrum teams for a number of years now and would like to share some tips for teams that have started on their journey with story point estimation. Why points and not hours? Traditional project management has led us to believe that there is a magic formula that we apply to […]

September 26, 2017

In the Team We Trust

Jem D’jelal outlines a common pattern in his post about a ScrumMaster that fears failure. (Article is here) Thanks Jem! There is a two way street that needs to be established between the team and managers. Managers help set conditions for the environment in which the team works. This can include some rules of operations when […]

September 13, 2017

Many Hats – Breeds Unicorns

I had to wear many hats. The task switching made me prone to mistakes. Bugs in the software… The requirements that were missed… This leads to loss of revenues, conflicts with teams and lots of stress. I’m not alone, many jobs require multiple hats. I could approach this from the perspective that this is all […]

September 8, 2017

I have the best Core Values

I believe I have the best Core Values for my company…. Sure, I ran it through Watson, Amazon Echo and even Sunway TaihuLight gave me the GreenLight to pontificate on… I hear your chortle. Ok, I’ll admit, I struggled with the Core Values thing and dismiss them for words on the wall. Are they truly aligned with […]